Tuesday, November 16, 2010

St. Lidwina of Schiedam (March 18, 1380 to April 14, 1433)

  The media has made such a big deal that a former speedskater, Kirstin Holum, who participated in the 1998 Winter Olympics, is now a Franciscan nun.  Could it be that nuns aren't exactly known for doing cool things?
  From what I've read over the years, numerous Roman Catholic clergy members have lived some pretty amazing lives and the saints, well that's a whole other story. Just read my blog starting with January 2010 and you'll find that it's hip to be saint. At least in my book it is.
  St. Lidwina of Schiedam is the patron saint of skaters. She was born on March 18, 1380 in the Netherlands.  And, unlike the fictitious Hans Brinker, she was a real person who lived long before he made it into print.
  St. Lidwina of Schiedam was injured in an ice skating accident at age 16 and remained paralyzed for the rest of her life. Her only intake was the Eucharist and she was prone to visions. Many miracles are said to have happened in her name.
 St. Lidwina of Schiedam died on April 14, 1433 and her feast day is April 14.

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